Angels outfielder and reigning AL MVP Mike Trout grew up in southern New Jersey. As such, he grew up a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and is still a huge fan. In fact, he’s become friends with some of the players, including quarterback Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz.
As a Christmas gift, Trout bought every Nikes-wearing Eagles player a fresh pair of shoes, per Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Berman notes how Trout became friends with Ertz and Wentz. Trout’s now-fiancee is a fan of Ertz and received a signed No. 86 jersey from him. They were in Arizona during the spring. The two athletes and their significant others went to dinner. Trout and Wentz met through Ertz. Trout and Wentz went hunting over the past weekend (ducks and geese, specifically, per Eliot Shorr-Parks).
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.